Phylicia Rashad, who starred as Clair Huxtable alongside Bill Cosby in “The Cosby Show,” forcefully defended him after his indecent assault conviction was overturned by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday.
“FINALLY!!!!” read Rashad’s tweet, sent shortly after news broke of Cosby’s pending release. “A terrible wrong is being righted- a miscarriage of justice is corrected!”
Rashad, who is set to start a new job as the dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University on Thursday, had previously spoken out in support of Cosby after he was accused of sexual assault.
“I just don’t accept what somebody says because they say it, and they say it in a loud voice,” Rashad told Bustle last year when asked about Cosby. “The internet has given a lot of anonymous people a very loud voice.”
Nearly three hours after voicing her support for Cosby, Rashad issued another tweet responding to backlash over her initial statement.
“I fully support survivors of sexual assault coming forward,” Rashad said in her follow-up. “My post was in no way intended to be insensitive to their truth. Personally, I know from friends and family that such abuse has lifelong residual effects. My heartfelt wish is for healing.”
She did not immediately respond to a NBC News request for comment.